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The Dreadful Costs of Shutting Down

American Jews will suffer with the rest of the country, especially if they were just retired, or were planning a camping trip.
Members of the Cabinet are watching in the White House Roosevelt Room, as President Barack Obama makes a televised statement on the government shutdown, Sept. 30.

Members of the Cabinet are watching in the White House Roosevelt Room, as President Barack Obama makes a televised statement on the government shutdown, Sept. 30.
Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by David Lienemann

Can’t apply for new Medicare or Social Security benefits.

Can’t visit the Capitol, it will be closed to visitors.

Can’t get a new small business loan. Existing loans will be honored, new applications will not be accepted.

Can’t visit the Smithsonian or the National Zoo, and about 90 percent of the rest of the museums in the U.S. The animals will get fed, but no visitors, and if they eat a staffer they’ll have to go without.

Can’t camp in a national park, or visit a Civil War battlefield.

Can’t visit any of the DC monuments. National Parks Service is turning off fountains and blocking entrances as we speak.

Can’t check the legal work status of an employee, or close on a mortgage. The E-Verify system is a federal website, so it will be shut down.

Saddest of all: the IRS will suspend audit activities. I’ve been crying all day over that one…

So, the circus is in town. I suggest we all stock up on cans of peas and Cheetos, assemble in front of the various screens in the house and wait.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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6 Responses to “The Dreadful Costs of Shutting Down”

  1. Ch Hoffman says:

    not getting into Yellowstone isn't "suffering"

  2. Aldo Mimoun says:

    Those idiots in Congress have effectively shut down our Government, furloughed without pay 800.000 employees and go on their merry way to the bank and deposit their paychecks, for doing absolutely nothing. It's not only an injustice it's outright criminal. Just think those parasites, do nothing congressmen still get paid, and still are covered with the most outlandish medical coverage, while the rest of the American people get the shaft. Throw those bums out, draft a new constitution and give the American people their long lost forgotten rights.

  3. Gil Gilman says:

    That is exactly what the Tea Party preached before the american electorate in knee jerk lockstep kicked out some of the babies with the bathwater, and cut off their noses to spite their faces. Now these new age political warriors are showing their real sentiments. They DO NOT care about the electorate, only their political ideology, which is not even theirs really, but those of their vested interests.

  4. Gil Gilman says:

    I agree…the IRS can go fly a kite. The only difficulties will come with social security and mortgages.

  5. Let it not take long. People will suffer.

  6. yzshap says:

    Obama is a liar. He does not wish to negotiate as Democrats did in the past. He is not a Democrat, but a Socialist at best and perhaps a Communist.  He is a dictator. He studied Communism at the Saul Alinsky school. His best friend William Ayres is a Communist. 
    If having hundreds of thousands of EPA and NLRB employees be furloughed, then it is good for the American economy, if they are not paid. We don’t need these groups. We are $16.7 trillion in debt and we have a President who spends money like a child in a candy store.

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